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In the past few years, pumpkin flavor has enjoyed a boost in popularity due to the legendary Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, however, there are so many different ways to incorporate pumpkin into your fall meal plan—from sweet to savory dishes and everything in between. Pumpkin is a no-guilt, seasonal ingredient that’s full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that may boost your immune system and help you fight off free radicals, plus it’s a delicious addition to fall recipes that adds a burst of color and flavor. We’re sharing our favorite dishes for you to eat and enjoy this season.
If your mind goes right to pumpkin pie, muffins, or cakes when you think of this seasonal ingredient, we don’t blame you. However, there are tons of delicious savory options that allow you to utilize pumpkin without overloading on sugar. This roasted garlic pumpkin hummus from Simply Whisked is a super-easy, delicious snacking option that’s ideal for guests and get-togethers. It’s dairy-free, and a perfect blend of savory with a tiny bit of sweet. Plus, the color is amazing which makes it an aesthetically pleasing addition to an hors d'oeuvres board. Blend up and enjoy.
Pumpkin is great in desserts and small dishes, but it can also be utilized in the main event. Whether you’re planning to cook dinner for your family of four or host a group of guests at a dinner party, this vegetarian lasagna from Tin Eats is the perfect option for a meat-less seasonal dish. It’s filled with the classic mixture of creamy ricotta and spinach, and layered with roasted vegetables including pumpkin, zucchini, and onion to round out the flavor and add a healthy dose of nutrition. This is soon to be a family favorite.
If you’d rather feature your pumpkin dish as a side or add-on to a fall meal, soup is a perfect option. This savory pumpkin and sage soup from Good Housekeeping is simple, easy to make, and flavorful, using a blend of garlic, sage, ginger, and nutmeg. The addition of pumpkin allows for a rich, creamy texture with none of the guilt. Plus, you can make this dish up to two days ahead of time and simply reheat and enjoy.
When it comes to pumpkin desserts, we’re going to challenge you to think outside the box of traditional pumpkin pie. There are so many different ways to incorporate pumpkin into your sweet treats, and these pumpkin crumb bars from Cooking Classy may be one of our favorites. In between two buttery layers of oat crumble, you’ll find delicious, gooey pumpkin filling with seasonal spices. Serve chilled or fresh out of the oven with a dollop of ice cream.
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